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Churchless Faith

Friday, April 28, 2006

Alan Jamieson, author of '
A Churchless Faith' and 'Journeying in Faith', is in London on Tuesday (2nd May) speaking about his latest research (and book) revisiting the stories of church leavers five years on. The blurb he has given for Tuesday's gathering is...

five years on
faith journeys of church leavers five years down the track

Findings and stories from the first longitudinal study on the faith of church leavers.
What happened to people'’s faith beyond institutional forms of church?
What is the role of small groups like SE? What supports really supported people's faith?
How can churches learn to listen to the real concerns of leavers?

The event is being organised by Spirited Exchanges UK (SE UK), and will also serve as an opportunity to hear how that network has developed since the sessions with Jenny McIntosh at Greenbelt '05. Jonny Baker gives some good background here, as does the developing SE UK website.

SE UK is linked to the amazing work that Jenny has been involved in over in New Zealand
, and shares the same ethos (emergingchurch.info have a great interview with Jenny about this here). The intention is to facilitate and resource a network of groups across the country that will provide safe space for people who have left church to process their developing faith without feeling they have to tow a particular party line. Several such groups are already informally meeting in the UK, and SE UK is gathering info about them so that others in a similar place spiritually and geographically can find out what support is available. There's no big hidden agenda to revolutionise the church or change the world - it's simply about enabling people who feel they can't belong in church to find alternative places of belonging (at whatever level they're comfortable with) and support.

Tuesday's gathering with Alan Jamieson is from
12.30 to 2pm at CMS (157 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UU) - a free sandwich lunch is provided! If you'd like to come along, please email spiritedexchanges@btinternet.com to register.


posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 11:10 AM


Malcolm, I hope that the gathering goes well. Are you going to be going?


commented by Blogger Paul Fromont, 10:48 AM  

Sorry Paul, read this at the end of the day! Yes, I was there!! Glad you've sussed the mp3. Cheers

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 9:57 AM  

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